The Villa Loredan, Paese

Francesco Guardi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 644

Buildings, plantings, and figural groups punctuate the calm, verdant lawn that, in tandem with the sky, gives the impression of a vast, open space. This one of Guardi’s rare views of the Venetian mainland. It depicts the country house of John Strange, an antiquarian, naturalist, connoisseur, and diplomat who served as the official British Resident in Venice between 1773 and 1788. An artist, presumably a self-portrait, sketches in the foreground.

The Villa Loredan, Paese, Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice), Oil on canvas

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